Clockwise from bottom left: Sang A’s leather handbag with plastic chain-link strap; Future Perfect’s gold-dipped resin side table; Dolce & Gabbana’s laminated leather shoe; West Elm’s resin side table; Jaime Hayón’s porcelain and metal lamp; Watts’s gold-dipped crystal champagne flute; Oscar de la Renta’s cotton and silk shantung jacket; Alexis Bittar’s gold-plate brass brooches; Marchesa’s silk chiffon gown; Lucie Heskett-Brem’s 20k gold chain necklace; Alexis Bittar’s 18k gold vermeil necklace with semiprecious stones and gold-plate brass cuff; Tobias Wong’s plastic and gold-plate light switch; Bruno Rainaldi for Terzani’s gold-plate light fixture; Harry Allen’s chrome-coated resin bowl; Arik Levy’s gold-plate doorstops.

It’s captivated conquistadors, Cleopatra and Wild West settlers. We’re talking gold, of course, and that flaxen flair has captured the runway set too. Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, for one, found her inspiration on a recent sun-kissed cruise down the Nile with her mom. The designer was so impressed, she turned her resort collection into one big gilt-y Egyptian pleasure. “There’s no better way to work through such an obsession than with fashion,” she says.

Tobias Wong light switch, Jaime Hayon lamp and future perfect table, at Future Perfect, Brooklyn; West Elm table,; Watts Flute,; Harry Allen bowl,; Bruno Rainaldi light fixture,; Rootstein mannequin,